Whole Foods Valentines dinner + giveaway

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Let me say that I am not a huge fan of Valentines Day.  I’m probably one of the only girls that don’t like to go out to dinner, and doesn’t like jewelry.  My wedding ring is an exception.  So when Whole Foods contacted me about making a Valentines dinner at home with my cowboy, I was all over that. 

I usually request a home cooked meal by Mike on my Birthday.  That boy has secret cooking ninja skillz.  

We hit up Whole Foods for our ingredients.  What is it with walking into WF makes me automatically feel healthier?  Anyone else feel that way?

Anyway as soon as we walked up, I saw this beautiful display of Sexy Red <-ow ow! Whole Trade guarantee roses.

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I LOVE pink roses, so of course I gravitated to that section.  You are welcome for blocking out my mug.  I was still recovering from an insane week and let’s just say it was showing. 

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We decided to grill steaks topped with bleu cheese crumbles with a side of sautéed mushrooms, sweet corn on the cob and a fresh green side salad.  We fancy pants. 

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On a side note, I finally found a bottled dressing I actually love. 

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I prepped the veggies, while Mike massaged the meat.  {TWSS}  #iamsomature

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Mike sautéed the mushrooms + parsley in a little butter, garlic, sea salt, pepper + white wine.

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The finished product was amazing!!  I’ve become sort of a meat snob lately and can really tell the difference in a quality piece and this New York steak exceeded my expectations.

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The boy had a bone in Rib eye which he also loved.  Then Bam got the bone which he was really happy about.

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Well, because it is Valentines Day and all, we threw in a heart shaped box of chocolates.  Dang, we are falling for the day of love festivities. 

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If you’re planning to spend the evening in with your love, you can pick up a dry aged steak and get a free lobster tail today + tomorrow.

Here’s your chance to win a $30 gift card for a box of Whole Foods exclusive chocolates.  To enter, tell me your funniest, most tragic, best, worst Valentines Day experience ever. 

You have until midnight Monday PST to enter and I will announce the winner in Tuesday morning’s post.

This post was sponsored by Whole Foods, all opinions are all mine babe.

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49 thoughts on “Whole Foods Valentines dinner + giveaway

  1. Ashleigh

    Looks like a delicious meal! My worst Valentine’s Day experience would probably be all the years in high school, when weird boys would come out of the woodwork and have crushes on me. They’d get me things like nail polish(?), stuffed bears, and/or just write really creepy cards.

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  2. LindseyM

    I have never really had any crazy Valentines Days. I just like to spend time with my boyfriend, no matter what we do. We stay away from going out to eat on the 14th and have gone on the 13th before. This year my BF will be on his way home from Las Vegas…so who knows what ‘gift’ he’ll bring me back ;-)

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  3. funfitgirl

    I love your Photoshop job – such skills ;)

    Any Valentine’s Day in middle school/ high school was just painful…especially looking back. I think my best Valentine’s so far was actually last year when I had moved to CO by myself and Jonah was still back in NY…he sent me lilies and a very sweet note. It made my day.

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  4. rayray cartucci

    A Crazy Valentine’s day I remember was when My sister rode in the trunk of our car for 2 hours so she could jump out and scare her boyfriend who was in the car with us and had no idea she was in the trunk. She scared him so bad….I laughed for years over that. It was her Valentine’s gift to him….to almost scare him to death.

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  5. emily g.

    Last year, my long distance boyfriend sent me a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day, and the next day I found out he was cheating. Dumped him on his a** and dumped the roses in the garbage disposal!

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  6. Cassie

    The best Valentine’s Day I have ever had was actually last year, when my boyfriend and I got take out pizza and lit a Yankee Candle and slapped it on the table. It was absolutely perfect, because neither of us are big on celebrating anniversaries/valentine’s day/etc., and neither of us are fancy, so it was perfectly us. :)

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  7. cheriarmour

    Have you had the chocolate truffles from WF? There are so tasty that you will never want to eat chocolate again! We’re not celebrating on V-Day this year, instead we’re celebrating on Saturday because I got tickets to see this amazing band on Friday. I feel awful about it, but he’ll live, right?

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  8. Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk

    Saddest/Most Hilarious (perfect combination) Valentine’s day happened for me while I was in high school. I’d dated a guy for about a year, and was dead set on making our Valentine’s Day PERFECT. My mom let me have the house, and I spent all day cooking dinner and dessert, steaks, sides, and a heart shaped strawberry cake. I was in a hurry, and I took out the two layers of the cake, frosted them, and stacked them, and left it sitting on the oven. I ran to put on my fancy (highschooler fancy) Valentine’s day outfit, just in time to hear the doorbell ring. Boyfriend walked in the house, I brought him into the kitchen to show off my beautiful kitchen handiwork when all of a sudden I point to show him the cake and the top layer had FALLEN OFF THE OVEN AND LANDED ON THE FLOOR AND BROKEN IN HALF. A PERFECT broken heart. :( 17 year old me burst into tears because, of course, it was the end of the world.

    #VDayFAIL

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  9. Lily Sheng

    To me, the wildest experience was a couple years ago Qdoba offered Buy One Get One meal on valentine’s day if you kissed your partner. My friend and I were starving after the movies and really wanted fast food so he and I kissed in front of the staff! Ahem, it was a good one, he’s now my fiancee, haha.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. rachel

    The most memorable was my first one with my boyfriend. I wasn’t sure about our status but he called me his girlfriend that day. I was like cha-ching!! And now we’ve been married for over two years. :)

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  11. Samantha B

    Sadly my most tragic would be this Valentines as my fiancé just called off our wedding. Thankfully your recent posts have helped me stay strong. :)

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  12. 262x2

    Last night, the hubby and I went out to dinner because we also hate going out on Valentine’s Day. We usually make a nice meal on Valentine’s Day. Well, dinner was pretty much perfect. We ordered tapas, which included a Zampana Salad (I can give you more info on ingredients on my blog, but don’t want to write a book here), Roasted Brussels sprout and mushroom bruschetta, amazing apple & onion empanadas, oysters (for him), and pork belly sliders (for him). Everything was perfect. We reminisced about our previous V-Days together, and JP admitted to me that the first year we were married he screwed up and didn’t realize he needed to make reservations for us on Valentine’s Day, so he called the restaurant where he had proposed to me, asked to speak with the owner, and told her that was the place where he hD proposed to me and begged her to make space for us. She had remembered us, and made a spot for us At the restaurant. That first Valentine’s Day together, as well as each one after, has been absolutely perfect. For me, it doesn’t matter what we do, because I have found THE perfect man.
    Today, I’m actually home sick with a stomach bug, and JP still managed to make it a good day. Right now we are having a huge snowstorm, and he went out and bought me some PediaLyte to make sure I stay hydrated. I am one lucky woman.

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  13. Wild Orchid

    My most memorable was about 9 years ago. My husband and I got married right around valentines day, so our anniversary is always around this time of year too!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  14. Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff

    Best valentine’s day ever – 15 years ago I had my second date with man that would become my husband. He was 15, I was 14. He cooked me dinner at his mom’s house, bought me flowers and the cutest stuffed Dalmatian (which I still have!). We watched some cheesy teen romance comedy and passed “kiss me” conversation hearts back and forth, all nervous like, all night. When it was just about time for my mom to pick me up, he did kiss me (my first kiss) on the front porch! It’s a sweet memory and I’m glad we’ve had 15 years together since!

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  15. kmlrunner

    I don’t have any funny Valentine Stories because we don’t really celebrate it. :)

    HOWEVER, your salad dressing comment caught my eye. I haven’t bought salad dressing in about 6 year. I make ours. It is so easy and much better for you. Here are a few of my favorite standards I rotate. Hope you enjoy!!!!

    http://www.creativecookingcorner.com/salad-dressing-recipes-balsamic-vinaigrette-dressing/

    http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/skinny-secrets/low-calorie-creamy-balsamic-salad-dressing

    http://www.photographybyalison.com/2013/02/12/my-life/no-starch-diet/poppy-seed-salad-dressing-recipe/

    http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/the-clean-eating-dr-wilbur-salad/

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  16. Laurie

    My very favorite Valentine’s Day was 5 years ago in 2009, the day I married my very best friend <3
    Tomorrow will be our 5th anniversary!!!! It's hard to believe that it's already been 5 years.
    We would absolutely LOVE some WH chocolates to help us celebrate!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Kelly D

    My best Valentine’s Day was back when I was first dating my husband 10+ years ago. He surprised me with a gold ring, and it was just a really memorable day.

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  18. BreannaS

    I have never had a very eventful valentines day. This year my husband, daughter, and I made minion cupcakes for her class. That was quite an adventure and I may never get the royal icing off of everything in the kitchen without a jack hammer.

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  19. Jodi

    Suckiest V-day gift, a 12-pack of Mountain Dew…why you may ask because my husband said “I know you like it”! (this was back in my pop drinking days, ok who I am kidding I only drink Mello Yello now:)

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  20. blessedwiththunderthighs

    Best Valentine’s day was when my bf spent his whole day researching and buying ingredients to make the meal of my dreams (researched from where to buy my favorite fish to where he can get really awesome quality balsamic vinegar to a great wine to go with everything). All I had to do was show up, hehehe.

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  21. Debnmike moretti

    Best valentine’s day was the first one as a mom. It was about more than just us. It was now about the three of us. :)

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  22. Melissa

    3 years ago, my ex took me to a pretty nice italian restaurant & I had bought a new dress to look nice for the occasion. Everything was going well, until the clumsy server accidentally spilled a tray of food on me. We left rather quickly after, and that dress couldn’t be salvaged :(

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  23. Laura @losingrace

    Looks like a fabulous dinner. I have never been a huge valentines person, I don’t hate it. Like you I am not a huge jewelry person…my engagement ring and my charm bracelet are probably the only pieces of expensive jewelry I own anymore. I’m happy with relaxing and getting time with my man–which is EXACTLY what we are doing tonight.

    One of the worst valentines: Driving myself through snowstorm to the ER because I was REALLY sick. (that was like 2006 maybe?)

    Last year was rough but not as bad. I had dental work done in the afternoon (unplanned), and was in so much pain later I couldn’t eat the fabulous meal my man made for me.

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  24. fitnessmeetsfrosting

    I’m the second girl who doesn’t like going out on Valentine’s Day. I prefer to make my guy dinner (this year he is cooking for me).

    Haven’t had anything too funny happen to me on Valentine’s Day but I guess– One year when we were still in college, I had class early in the morning. It was raining that day and I had my umbrella up when I was walking back home. I noticed a guy was following me out of the corner of my eye so I walked faster. As I approached my building, out of no where the guy came up to me and (accidentally) scared me and I was about to run away and then I realized it was my boyfriend with flowers…

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  25. Sheila K.

    Some years back I accepted a date for Valentine’s Day (also my birthday) with a man who has been asking me out for quite some time (I had hesitated all the while because he seemed too cocky and overly persistent for my taste). He arrived at my apartment with flowers, a huge box of chocolates, and a bottle of champagne. Sounds nice but in pretty short order I knew it was not meant to be, as he treated the parking valet and waitstaff as though they were his personal servants and he talked about nothing but his money, his “things,” and how everyone should try harder to be more like him. UGH! I hurried him through dinner as best I could, and when he took me home he gave me a good-night kiss, his idea of said kiss being to see how far down my throat he could get his tongue. DOUBLE-UGH! The story does not end there, though! About 45 days later I came down with mononucleosis (known as “the kissing disease”)—during the course of my initial visit to the doctor, she told me that the incubation period for mono is … you guessed it … 45 days!

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  26. mermont84

    My worst valentines day was getting stuck in an airport due to awful weather. I had been traveling all day to meet my sweetie – and i felt terrible that all his vday plans had to be rescheduled :(

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  27. Rosie

    My scariest Valentine’s was when we had gone to the Keys with a Sunfish on the roof. that was bad enough, but then we went out for a sunset sail, before cell phones. It was fun and romantic, but then the tide changed suddenly and we were swept out while it was getting dark. The plankton were florescent and we were starting to lose sight of land, hanging on as best we could, as the water got choppy and was bouncing us around. Suddenly a big boat appeared out of nowhere, just by happenstance, and we got rescued. Whew!

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  28. Emely

    What a wonderful giveaway! My best Valentine´s day is when I spend it with my best friend :) last year we went to a yoga class, then had dinner and lots of desserts. So great!

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  29. she's going the distance

    i went out to the movies with a co-worker on V-day whom i had a crush on for months and almost immediately into the date, i realized he was kinda dumb and we had NOTHING in common. We went to the movies and watched Lord of the Rings, hello–3+ hour movie and just so he wouldn’t hold my hand I bought a large popcorn and ate it for 3+hours— just so he wouldn’t hold my hand! To make things worse, I had to do the ol’ slip into the house before he tried to kiss me dance. I figured he had just as lousy of a time as I did but the next day he asked me to be his girlfriend…and I had to politely tell him no and that we had nothing in common and i didn’t think it would work out. He was completely blindsided and thought the date was incredible and I really hurt the guy’s feelings :( The awkwardness just didn’t end!!!

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  30. Chrissy

    I’ve had a lot of great Valentine’s with my husband, but the most memorable in my mind was when I was younger and single. When I was in high school, I was not at all in the “cool crowd” and was often bullied. I worked at a local gym, and one of the most popular guys in my high school also worked there. We had been chatting earlier that week about Valentine’s day and how I was a little sad I didn’t have a Valentine that year. He took the time to create this amazing homemade card for me that year and even drove over to my house to leave it in the mailbox so I was super surprised when I got home. I thought it was so sweet that he took the time to brighten my day.

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  31. DESIREE H

    The best Valentine’s Day I have had so far was this year. We have infant twins so we werent able to go out (no babysitters are available on Valentines Day lol), so we ordered sushi to go and watched Dexter on Netflix. It was a realization that all that mattered is that I was with my husband, who loves me, and my twins who adore me. Thats all that life is about. LOVE.

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  33. Laura@twinsontherun

    I love Whole Foods! There is one being built fairly close to me right now.
    I loved the valentines day about 10 years ago when my husband flew us to California for a romantic day trip. It was perfect from start to finish.

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  34. julie

    I’m not a huge fan of V day and generally don’t do much to celebrate it. the BF gave me some candy but since both our bdays are in feb, we usually do gifts and dinners on those.

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